Hawthorne of Co. Cavan, Ireland


A selected view of the Hawthorne lineage from Cavan, Ireland to Manchester, England.

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The Family Name

The name Hawthorne is usually of English origin and refers to a person who lived at or near the ancient Hawthorne tree. In Ireland this name is usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into the Province of Ulster by settlers from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. {www.irishsurnames.com/cgi-bin/gallery.pl?name=hawthorne&capname=hawthorne&letter=h}

Map of parts of Cavan, Monaghan, Tyrone and Armagh Counties showing the towns of Annaghduff, Cootehill and Clones.

We start the story of this branch of the Hawthorne family early in the 19thC, in Black Water country in Co. Cavan, Ireland. Of Protestant persuasion they may have arrived there during the Plantation of Ulster the previous century. The lands around Annaghduff, Cootehill, Clones, &c. which feature in our story, were granted to Walter Talbot in 1610. Cootehill itself was later established as a market town in 1725 by Thomas Coote, a Colonel in the Cromwellian army. When Thomas married Francis Hill from Hillsborough, Co. Down, the town became 'Coote-Hill' or rather Cootehill. Hawthorne's Ireland.

Whilst some members of the family remained in County Cavan, others moved - initially probably due to the potato famine - to the adjacent counties of Monaghan, Tyrone, Fermanagh and Down, whilst others dispersed to England and even the USA. Much of the Hawthorne line has been researched by Adrian Cyril HAWTHORNE for which I am grateful. This is an abridged version.

Some of the places we know the family lived in include (follow the links for Samuel Lewis description of the places in 1837):

Cavan Annaghduff Monaghan Aghabog
Cavan Ashfield Monaghan Clones
Cavan Belturbet Monaghan Ematris
Cavan Cootehill Fermanagh Irvinestown
Cavan Corballyquill Antrim Carrickfergus
Cavan Drumbroughna Tyrone Maguire's-Bridge
Cavan Drummully Meath Navan
Armagh Newry Louth Drogheda
Armagh Portadown Louth Knockbridge

The link with the Wilkinson family is through the Morrow line when, in 1926, William Joseph Hawkwood HAWTHORNE married Rebecca McCullough MORROW, possibly in Belfast. The Morrow's had moved from Armagh via Belfast to Glasgow, then back to Belfast over the previous 2 generations. The Hawthorne couple then settled in and around Manchester, England where their descendants mostly now reside. It was Rebecca's sister, Sarah Melissa Seaburg MORROW who married Thomas WILKINSON in 1936. The Wikinsons also came from the Blackwater Country on the border between Tyrone and Armagh in the early 19thC.

Coat of Arms

Anyone who researches heraldry will often unearth several Coats of Arms or Crests for a given family name. This is because different branches of the family could be granted their own to distinguish them in battle, or to reflect their country of origin. Lacking better information, the Crest used here is selected somewhat arbitrarly from those found.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Hawthorne Coat of Arms:

  • Argent/White or Silver - denotes Peace and Sincerity.
  • Gules/Red, 'The Martyr's colour' - signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
  • The Chevron - denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise.
  • Cinquefoils (5-leaves) - signifies Hope and Joy.
  • Oak Tree/Acorns/Oak Leaves - symbol of Antiquity and Strength

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Updated: 3 May, 2018